4 bedroom property for sale4 Castle Park, Lancaster LA1 1YQ
Withdrawn from Market £850,000
The rare opportunity to purchase quite simply one of the most handsome and high quality homes in Lancaster city centre prestigiously located on Georgian Castle Park by Lancaster Castle and within walking distance of the railway station. In 2000 the present owner had this 4000 square foot Grade II listed property completely reordered, rebuilt internally and extended all to a top specification by respected local builders and craftsmen Brown & Whittaker. Quite uniquely this beautiful Regency townhouse now combines a gracious period-living feel with a room-layout entirely designed for 21st century life along with the very best of modern-day services and fittings including luxury brand names such as Villeroy & Boch, Grohe, Huelsta, SieMatic, Miele and Zoffany. Set on three main floors with four well-proportioned reception rooms, a very attractive and wide staircase with a stylish glass balustrade, good-sized landings, split-level areas, 3 to 4 bedrooms (two are ensuite), plentiful storage including good cellar and attic areas, off-road parking and a detached garage this very special home provides highly-flexible living and entertaining space and will immediately appeal to a range of buyers. Most notably the house has plentiful natural light throughout enhanced by an abundant use of interior glass and glazing and is airy with a number of high ceilings. Despite its city centre location the interior is peaceful and restful with a very pleasant and open outlook at the front over the leafy precincts of Lancaster Castle and the splendid arched windows of the Shire Hall and a wonderful, south-facing, low-maintenance garden area at the rear ideal for summertime outdoor dining.
Lancaster has excellent road and rail links via the M6 and West Coast main line with direct rail services to London and Glasgow (2½ hours) and Manchester with its international airport (1 to 1½ hours). The district offers perfect life-style opportunities for all ages with cycleways, superb coastal walking around nearby Morecambe Bay and countryside rambles in the Lune Valley and is just a 40 minute drive from the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The city is home to a UK top-ten ranking university, two theatres, a lively music scene, large teaching-hospital, an ever-expanding business community and quality schooling with, most notably, two of the country's leading Grammar Schools.
Accommodation The rooms of the house have very handsome hardwood period-style paneled doors, deep 5" wooden moulded skirtings and original sash windows, a number with wooden shutters. Electric lighting in all living rooms, bedrooms and staircases\landings is by downlights and opaque ceramic wall lights with a dimmer facility. All bathrooms include luxury Villeroy & Boch white porcelain sanitary ware and tiling floor-to-ceiling. Included are all the top-quality fabric window dressings and carpets. The carpet is of fine quality 80/20 wool and is of a tasteful plain sage hue throughout which lends itself perfectly to the restful feel and harmonious design of the house.
Entrance Hall 17'2 x 9'0 (5.24 x 2.75) Approached by Castle Park, the quiet road beside Lancaster Castle which is one of the most noted and oldest addresses of the town an impressively large glazed and wooden period door leads into a most spacious entrance hall with a large fitted door mat, original arched mouldings and storage cupboard.
Cloak Room and WC Off the hall is a generous, split-level cloak room with separate WC with Villeroy & Boch high gloss finished tiling and white porcelain sanitary ware including WC, polished chrome Keuco accessories, a Vasco heated wall towel rail and a most stylish and large hand basin with a Grohe mixer tap, beech wood pedestal and good-sized beech-framed mirror.
Dining Room 15'6 x 14'2 (4.73 x 4.33) This formal reception space has period alcove detailing and a Barbas living-flame gas fire provides a contemporary focal point. Light linen voiles give natural light and privacy from the large sash windows which also have their original paneled wooden shutters.
Breakfast Kitchen 15'9 x 13'4 (4.80 x 4.06) A beautifully-presented, south-facing kitchen with a fine range of seasoned, maple wood SieMatic wall and base units designed and installed by Lancaster's Mark Leigh and topped throughout with a smart and contrasting granite work surface. A useful island unit provides additional worktop and storage, a second Franke stainless-steel sink and a low-level breakfast bar. Integrated Miele appliances include a fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, four-ring electric hob and fan-assisted\self-cleaning oven plus a stylish glass Imperial extractor hood. This bright and good-sized room, at the heart of the home, also features maple wood wall paneling and stainless steel backsplashes, a full-sized sash window with paneled wooden shutters, ceiling speakers for an in-house music system and a Canadian maple wood floor.
Garden\Family Room 15'5 x 12'2 (4.70 x 3.72) A new-build extension to the house in 2000 this contemporary-style room is flooded with light and provides a very attractive living space for all seasons. It has a beautiful Canadian maple floor, tasteful Roman blinds in a linen\silk mix Zoffany design, a 36" Samsung wall-hung digital TV with glass DVD under-shelving and a smart gas-fired and wood burning effect stove set on a glass hearth with an exposed stainless steel flue. The southern facing wall is completely glazed with double doors opening onto the outdoor garden area. Another glazed door gives access into a spacious glazed rear porch with log storage area and wall-lighting.
Cellar 26'8 x 25' (8.13 x 7.62) Accessed from the kitchen the cellar occupies the full footprint of the original house and was extensively renovated and its concrete floor area damp-proofed during the 2000 works to now provide a very useful and welcoming large, dry, well-lit and open space with ample storage and utility\laundry area.
First Floor A handsome and wide staircase with stained hardwood handrail and plentiful natural light leads to a split-level landing with a large and recessed side feature window. Glazed double doors lead to
Study 13'6 x 9'4 (4.12 x 2.84) This good-sized and quiet, south-facing room, which again was added to the house in 2000, is perfect for those working from home or for school work. Equally it could be used as a dedicated media\games room.
Drawing Room 24'11 x 14'7 (7.6 x 4.44) This impressive and handsomely-proportioned room entered via glazed double doors is a fabulous feature of this Regency townhouse. Occupying the full width of the first floor it provides a fantastic living and entertaining space. From its three large sash windows there are elevated views of the well-established parkland of the Castle precincts and attractive stone-flagged pathway to Lancaster's Norman Priory church. The room has a high ceiling with modern cornice mouldings, a fabulous contemporary-style Huelsta built-in maple wood library with ladder and under cupboards, a 37" wall-hung Samsung digital TV with glass DVD under-shelving and a Barbas real-fuel fire with a large Coniston green polished slate hearth. The windows have Roman blinds in a linen\silk mix Zoffany weave and their original paneled wooden shutters.
Bedroom 1 13'6 x 11'11 (4.12 x 3.62) This pleasant, south-facing, double bedroom is an ideal guest room or bedroom for an older child. The ensuite shower room has bright Villeroy & Boch floor\walling matt-finished tiling and white porcelain sanitary ware with WC, pedestal hand basin, mirrored wall-cupboard with shaver point and additional lighting, a Vasco heated wall towel rail, Keuco glass and polished chrome fitted bathroom accessories, extractor fan and a generously-sized shower cubicle fitted with a high water pressure facility and Grohe mixer tap. There is a fitted double headboard and the window is dressed with a linen Roman blind and beautiful wool\silk Jab fabric curtains with nighttime blackout linings.
The glass-balustraded wide staircase continues to a second, split-level half-landing leading into
Family Bathroom A super family bathroom again added to the house in 2000 and benefitting from a fine selection of high-quality Villeroy & Boch floor\wall matt-finished tiling in a tasteful and restful sage and grey hue and white porcelain sanitary ware with a wonderful deep bath with Grohe shower over, mixer taps and Huppe glass shower screen, WC, bidet, pedestal hand basin, good-sized mirrored wall-cupboard with shaver point and additional lighting, a tall Vasco wall heated towel rail, Keuco glass and polished chrome fitted bathroom accessories and extractor fan.
Storage & Boiler Room Accessed from the bathroom via an internal door this area under the eaves also forms part of the extension built in 2000 and houses a Strebel condensing gas-fired boiler as well as useful additional storage space.
The final stretch of glass-balustraded staircase leads from the half landing through an impressive and open space, lit with plenty of natural light from a roof light and a large and recessed side feature window to a handsome galleried landing giving access to
Bedroom 2 15'8 x 7'4 (4.78 x 2.23) An attractive south-facing single bedroom with a double fitted wardrobe, ample natural light and fine views of the mature trees in the nearby Storey Gardens and then over the roof tops towards the Lune estuary and Fylde coast. The window has a linen\silk mix fabric Roman blind and pure silk James Hare curtains with nighttime blackout lining.
Master Bedroom with ensuite Bathroom and Dressing Room 14'8 x 14'1 (4.46 x 4.29) & 15'4 x 9'7 (4.67 x 2.92) An impressive and versatile suite of rooms, with abundant natural light and mirrors, which occupy the rest of the second floor. The Master Bedroom flows into the Dressing Room through double glazed doors, but could be reverted back into two separate bedrooms, so making the house 4 bedroomed, if so desired.
Both rooms have large original sash windows dressed with linen Roman blinds and luxurious full-length James Hare pure silk curtains with nighttime blackout linings. There is an excellent range of fitted wardrobes and in the Master Bedroom a fitted double headboard and 31" wall-hung Samsung digital TV.
The Ensuite Bathroom has impressively large high gloss Villeroy & Boch tiles floor-to-ceiling, white porcelain sanitary ware with wall-hung WC, bidet, and hand basin, good-sized mirrored wall-cupboard with shaver point, a tall Vasco heated wall towel rail, Keuco glass and polished chrome fitted bathroom accessories, extractor fan and very spacious shower cubicle with additional tiled side areas, high water pressure facility, Grohe mixer tap and large glass Huppe shower door.
Attic 14'9 x 12'8 (4.50 x 3.86) & 19'11 x 11'8 (6.07 x 3.50) This spacious and useful additional living and storage space with large under eaves cupboards was renovated during the 2000 works. It has ample natural and electric lighting and is ideal for use as a hobby and crafts area or children's den.
Outside A very attractive and sheltered south-facing, stone-walled area designed to be both enjoyable and low-maintenance with fabulous old stone flagging, an electrically operated awning, discreet bin storage, outside lighting and small planting areas. It's ideal for summertime barbecues and other outdoor dining. The area provides access to the detached single garage with water tap and electrically-operated Hormann up-and-over steel door and a rear gate secured by a key-code operated lock leads to a hard-standing area in front of the garage for parking a second car.
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